James Hanson, Sam Carter, Taqele Naiyaravoro join Wallabies at Notre Dame
ESPN Staff
August 31, 2015
New South Wales Waratahs' Taqele Naiyaravoro runs through the Highlanders defence, New South Wales Waratahs v Highlanders, Super Rugby, Allianz Stadium, Sydney, July 6, 2014
Taqele Naiyaravoro headed to Chicago having played for the Barbarians against Samoa in London © Getty Images

Taqele Naiyaravoro, Sam Carter and James Hanson have been added to the Wallabies squad in the USA as part of a 34-man roster for the Test against the United States Eagles at Soldier Field in Chicago on Saturday.

Hanson and Carter will link with the squad in Indiana having produced solid performances during the opening rounds of the National Rugby Championship, while Naiyaravoro arrived at the team's camp at Notre Dame University from London after playing in the Barbarians' 27-24 win over Samoa. All three players were involved in last week's camp in Sydney as part of the wider Wallabies training squad and will continue to play a role in the team's preparation for the USA match.

"There is a specific role for these players heading over here to the US, which will assist our preparations for this Saturday's match and the Rugby World Cup," Wallabies coach Michael Cheika said. "It's crucial we continue to improve as a collective and having Taqele, Sam and James here in the US allows them to stay connected to the group, and will help us throughout our preparation and training."

Naiyaravoro and Hanson have been involved with the Wallabies squad since the opening training camp on the Sunshine Coast in July, while Brumbies lock Carter has impressed in his return from a serious knee injury.

"We've been watching Taqele with great interest throughout The Rugby Championship and during his World XV and Barbarians matches," Cheika said. "Sam has been very impressive at training since returning from injury and a standout during his NRC matches in recent weeks. Both he and James are arriving late to this camp as we wanted both players to fulfil their commitments to their respective NRC Clubs on the weekend."

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